unfortunately, president is talking about a permission structure. he's going to find a way for the republicans to back down off the no new taxes thing. is this guy going to be stuck in his people? >> i don't see a way out here for the republicans. the president made a calculation early on, which in the real world seemed like a reasonable calculation, that to get the debt ceiling, you know, lifted and get that deal done, the republicans would agree to come together and negotiate a big deal. >> never agreed to this. >> negotiate a big deal, but if that deal didn't come through, then, okay, each side would get some pain. on the republican side, there would be defense cuts. on the democratic side, programs like these. each side had skin in the game, that would motivate them to do something to avoid this. you know, six months later, republicans basically say, you know what, if it's between pentagon cuts and protecting tax breaks for the rich, we'll go for tax breaks for the rich.